DeVol, Ullmann Enter Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall Of Fame
By Kreg Robinson
Journal-Leader Sports Editor
It was a time for memories, sharing fond stories and recognizing some of the area’s best during the 16th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Saturday at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna, W. Va.
Among the 12 inductees were two of Noble County’s best – former Caldwell football coach Mike Devol and former Shenandoah administrator and Pioneer Valley Conference founder Don Ullmann.
For Devol, the recognition was almost too much.
Devol said he wasn’t sure if he deserved to be in the same hall of fame as so many of his heroes, mainly his father Howard Devol, who was inducted in 2001.
“To be inducted into this great group of coaches and players is an honor,” Devol said. “I just don’t know if I belong with those guys – my heroes.”
However, the Hall of Fame Committee disagreed. They recognized Devol for his many achievements as a coach.
Devol won 215 games in his 36 years of coaching. He led his alma mater Caldwell to the playoffs multiple times and also coached Parkersburg South to the school’s first West Virginia Class AAA Championship.
For all of his 215 wins, Devol knows none of them would be possible without the great players and assistants he had.
“For my players, for my coaches, for my family, for my wife, for my mother, I will accept this award,” Devol said.
Like Devol, Ullmann was almost uncomfortable accepting the recognition.
“I’m not a big one to see my picture in the paper,” Ullmann said. “I prefer to be behind the scenes. But, when they told me about it (getting inducted), I said OK. It’s a thrill. I thank the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame for voting me in.”
Ullmann, a strong basketball player in his younger days, was honored not for his playing days, but for his many years of service.
Not only could there not be a PVC without Ullmann, the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame might not exist either. He along with fellow founder Bob Zide, created the hall of fame in 1997.
Ullmann was also an administrator, serving as principal at Shenandoah High School for 29 years and has been the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame’s secretary-treasurer since 1999, with his fellow board members describing him as, “the glue that holds the organization together.”
In fact, while thanking their families, mentors and friends, nearly all of the 12 inductees took special time to thank Ullmann and his wife Delores for their time and effort to make the evening possible.
Though he should have been taking his night to be recognized, Ullmann was busy taking notes to see how he could make next year’s induction banquet better.
“I hope the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame continues to grow,” he said.
Also recognized Saturday were Ripley High School two-sport star Ashli White Childers, Parkersburg South basketball star Bryan Crislip, legendary Belpre coaches Joe Garrett and Roger Hosaflook, former Wirt County championship football coach Mike Lucas, the late Larry Martin, a golf ambassador and former Parkersburg Country Club Professional, Parkersburg High football great Mike McCoy, three-sport star at Ripley High and West Virginia University Allison Spiker Morris, former All-State runner and basketball player at Ritchie County High Melissa “Missy” Spangler and state-championship Parkersburg coach Don Stansberry.